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Webpages devoted to the Beaker Culture as researched by Bill Crumbleholme, whose pottery is inspired by it.
Bill is a potter with an interest in ancient pottery, he undertakes experimental archaeology and explorations into Bronze Age techniques.
This page provides a taster for some of Bill's Bronze Age activities, with links into the archive pages dealing with particular events, such as projects or firings.
This link goes to a listing of other sources of information on the web about the Beaker Folk.
Bill's next appearance will be at English Heritage's Festival of History, in August 2005 where he will be making and firing Bronze Age pottery to entertain and educate thousands of people! Take a look at the event here. Watch this space for a report and images (maybe even a video!) of the event. Take a look here at some of the stock he has prepared.
After that Bill is masterminding an Ancient Technology event at the Monkton Gallery, over the August Bank Holiday weekend 2005, there will be opportunities to make beakers and urns and help fire them in a bonfire, then celebrate the unloading with a ritual feast! Watch this space for details or send an e-mail to ask for news.
One of Bill's latest firing was Beakers, but they were Soda fired - what Bill calls "Fusion Pottery" - a combination of pottery shapes and techniques from different cultures - Bronze Age shapes and decorations, but fired using medieval technology! Follow this link to see more.
Bill was involved with making and firing Bronze Age style pottery in conjunction with a Labyrinth making workshop at Monkton Wyld Court, follow this link for the story...